飲み頃予想 Try from 2012+
As readers know, I am not a huge fan of the '97 vintage, finding the reds to often possess a slightly under ripe and greenish character to the structure despite having very ripe, indeed sometimes stewed, fruit. This however is a lovely effort in the context of the vintage with ripe but not over ripe and quite spicy fruit aromas that are still almost entirely primary that are followed by rich and very firmly structured, even robust flavors that possess plenty of density and enough acidity to keep everything in balance. This will not seduce or charm you but it is a mouthful of wine that is built along the lines of power and punch rather than elegance and grace. It will require ample time in the cellar to reveal its full potential and while this was by no means the finest wine of the tasting, it is indisputably an excellent effort for the vintage. I have raised my score slightly as the last two bottles have displayed even more complexity and it's possible that there is even more upside in the offing.
(Tasted: Apr 26, 2006 / Allen Meadows)